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Accountability - POL836

Accountability is an essential but highly contested aspect of policy-making in a democratic system. This unit provides a critical examination of the growing array of mechanisms (ministerial responsibility, judicial review, administrative law, ombudsmen, auditors-general, parliamentary committees, anti-corruption and royal commissions, freedom of information, whistleblower protections) designed to hold public policy makers accountable. The unit explores a range of theoretical approaches to accountability and responsibility and applies these to current debates in Australian and international settings. Developments in government service delivery such as privatisation, outsourcing and public private partnerships, are analysed with respect to the reach and effectiveness of accountability mechanisms.

Credit Points: 4
When Offered:

S2 Evening - Session 2, North Ryde, Evening

S2 External - Session 2, External (On-campus dates: Compulsory)

Staff Contact(s): Politics staff

Admission to MPPP or GradDipPP or MPASR or GradDipPASR or MIntLawGovPP or GradCertPP Prerequisite Information


Unit Designation(s):


Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Faculty of Arts

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